Description[African-American Jubilee Singers, Fisk University]. Two Early Works Regarding the Famed Jubilee Singers Choir.
More Information: [African-American Jubilee Singers, Fisk University]. Two Early Works Regarding the Famed Jubilee Singers Choir. Two important and essential works, including: [J. B. T. Marsh, editor]. The Story of the Jubilee Singers; With Their Songs. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1875. Second edition. Octavo. 232 pages. Albumen photograph of ten choir members mounted as frontispiece. Publisher's brown cloth with a gilt vignette of Fisk University on the front board. Boards modestly worn at the extremities with wear at the spine ends. Contemporary owner's name on the half-title page. Hinges cracked but the textblock is sound, contents clean and in very good condition. [and:] [Theodore F. Seward, compiler]. Jubilee Songs: Complete. As Sung by the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University, (Nashville, Tenn.) Under the Auspices of the American Missionary Association. New York: Biglow & Main, 1872. First edition. Octavo. 64 pages. Publisher's printed wrappers. Wrappers slightly toned and foxed and starting to detach. Contemporary owner's name in ink on the front wrapper. Scattered occasional foxing to contents, else very good. The Jubilee Singers were an African-American choir organized in 1871 to provide a source of revenue to combat Fisk University's growing financial problems. Their a cappella renditions of traditional spirituals popularized the genre with white audiences in the late 19th Century. These works contain the music and lyrics to songs sung by the choir and include standards such as "Nobody Knows the Trouble I See, Lord" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot".
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